Mark 2:5-7 "When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?"
Now again, because Jesus was fully God He could say to a person "Your sins are forgiven."
But beloved, the Bible says that when a man says, "Your sins are forgiven", this constitutes blasphemy in God's eyes. This man in this kingdom will claim to be like God, and will also claim to have the power to forgive sins.
Now we have 4 points of identification in verse 1. Going on verse 2.
13:2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. So John is describing this beast or power as one like a leopard, a bear and a lion. In Daniel 7, Daniel saw a Lion, a Bear a Leopard and then the dreadful beast. Daniel was looking forward and named them in order. John was looking backward and named them from his perspective. Pagan Rome was, like the composite beast in that it was an amalgamation of the cultures and traditions of its predecessors. What is new in verse 2 is “the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.” Well who is the dragon? Revelation 12:9 says, “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world” And so the Pagan Roman empire got its power, seat and authority from Satan himself. In the middle of the fourth century, the Roman Emperor gave the seat of his authority to the bishops at Rome, and in 538 AD the Papacy was fully raised to power with no nations to challenge his authority.
Point #5 – Papal Rome receives its power seat and authority from Pagan Rome, who got it from Satan, the dragon. Now verse 3.
13:3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
Here we are told that the Papacy will receive a deadly wound, that it would heal and that the whole world would wonder after the beast. Did that happen? Yes it did, after 1,260 years of tyrannical rule, Napoleon gave orders to his General Berthier to bring the Pope into captivity and end the Papacy. This happened in 1798 and all of Europe was relieved, thinking the Papacy was dead. But in 1929, Mussolini restored the Papacy to power. Today, the whole world is wondering in admiration of the Papacy. Verse 8 says “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him.” How does the whole world worship or show respect for the Papacy? Simply by recognizing the child of the Papacy, the counterfeit Sabbath Sunday, as a day to cease from labor.
Point #6 – Papacy receives a deadly wound.
Point #7 – The deadly wound is healed.
Point #8 – The whole world wonders after or worships the Papacy.
Revelation 13:4 “And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
13:5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty [and] two months.” According to verse 4, by accepting the Papacy’s creation of first day worship, Sunday-keeping, and rejecting God’s seventh day Sabbath Saturday, you are worshipping the dragon Satan? Either Christ has your worship through obedience to His commandments, or Satan gets your worship regardless of what your mouth says. Satan hates God’s Sabbath and he brought his rebellion, which started in heaven, down to Earth, and he manipulated man into the change in God’s Sabbath to his Pagan day of worship so that he can receive the worship of the followers of Christ. ANY person who says it doesn’t matter which day you worship on is an agent and voice for the cause of Satan, because God says it matters.
Point #9 – Verse 5 said “and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.” We learned in Daniel 7 that this calculated to 1,260 days of prophetic time, 1,260 years of literal time. And that was the 1,260 years from 538 AD to 1798 AD.
We will continue in Revelation 13 next week, but let’s quickly look at the 9 points of identification we just identified.
Point #1. It comes up into power in existing nations.
Point #2. It is geographically located in Rome.
Point #3. It is a corrupt church government.
Point #4. This religio-political power is a blaspheming power.
Point #5. Papal Rome receives its power seat and authority from Pagan Rome, who got it from Satan,
Point #6. Papacy receives a deadly wound.
Point #7. The deadly wound is healed.
Point #8. The whole world wonders after or worships the Papacy.